Feb 28, 2017

Retailers: remember the "T" in BAT stands for "Tax"

The proposed border-adjusted tax, which House Republicans are hoping to institute as a way to both increase revenue for tax reform and to support domestic manufacturing, is hated by the retail industry because it raises taxes on imports. And the problem with taking on retailers is that they're pretty good at marketing.

This commercial, launched by the National Retail Federation, underscores the difficulty proponents of supporting domestic production have always had: Consumers everywhere like low prices, while the benefits of supporting domestic manufacturing are concentrated in one industry.

The president is watching: The commercial debuted during Fox and Friends this morning, which featured an interview with President Trump. You can bet that the West Wing saw the commercial, and the political headaches it foreshadows.

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Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

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Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.

Brace yourself for a coronavirus outbreak

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Public-health officials’ warnings about the coronavirus are sounding increasingly urgent, with one top CDC official asking the public yesterday "to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad."

Reality check: Other administration officials, including President Trump himself, were more subdued in their assessments. But underneath those tonal differences, the reality of the coronavirus is the same: It spreads quickly, and has already spread to many countries, making it likely to start spreading here, too.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage in South Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.